If you feel that you want to progress in your career, you may consider returning to learning.
If you decide to undertake a period of study to enhance your career prospects, there are many things that you will need to consider. These include:
If you decide to study you will need to consider what the implications of returning to learning will be. Things you may wish to consider include;
The answers to these questions will help you decide which course and method of learning may be right for you. If you are still unsure about which route to take, you can submit a post on one of the forums in the Technical and Professional Networks and receive advice from professionals. Alternatively, you may wish to consult with a Learn Direct careers adviser.
If you do not want to return to study full time, many learning providers offer part time and distance learning courses. For further information about a course, you should contact the learning provider directly. If you are seeking professional registration and wish to undertake an accredited course, you can find details of courses on our accreditation pages.
When choosing a course you will need to consider what it is you want to study and why you want to study it. Do you want to pursue an academic course or a vocational course? You should also consider whether you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course because you may need to complete another course before you can gain entry on to the one you want.
There are various funding options available for further study however the funding you may receive depends on the course you do and your personal circumstances. Some of the main sources available include career development loans, adult learning grants and learner support funds. For further information on sources of funding, contact Learn Direct.
The IET offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate IT and engineering scholarships as well as a range of travel awards. If you intend on remaining in employment and completing your studies part time or through a distance learning provider, your employer may sponsor you or pay part of your fees. For further information, you should speak to your human resources department.